[GNC-dev] Register text selection

D sunfish62 at yahoo.com
Mon May 21 22:02:16 EDT 2018

Rather than change the message (which is still a good idea), I think we should in this case fix the messenger--in other words, stop highlighting off screen data elements and stop allowing users to change things they cannot see.

David T.

On May 22, 2018, at 5:39 AM, David Carlson <david.carlson.417 at gmail.com> wrote:

A long time ago I filed a bug report <https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=686051> about needing to have an easy way to navigate to those edited but not committed transactions that trigger the warnings when closing the file or clicking on Save.  I vote to escalate that bug.

David C

On Mon, May 21, 2018 at 12:44 PM, David T. via gnucash-devel <gnucash-devel at gnucash.org> wrote:

> On May 21, 2018, at 6:14 PM, Geert Janssens <geert.gnucash at kobaltwit.be> wrote:
> Op maandag 21 mei 2018 13:08:05 CEST schreef Robert Fewell:
>> I have been looking at getting the middle mouse button to work for pasting
>> selected text and whilst trying to do that started to wonder about the
>> existing preselected text.
>> Currently...
>> If you open a register, the blank transaction date text is preselected.
>> If you start Gnucash with saved open registers, the last register in the
>> list to load has the blank date text preselected, this may not be the
>> current open register.

I would like to point out that I find *this* aspect of the register behavior highly confusing. The “Select a field in a register that is not the current one” problem crops up at other times. I am not certain, but I think it happens when a modal dialog is closed. It is extremely frustrating to be working in a register that is not the bottom-most and then discover that your typing is going into a register that is NOT the one you are currently working in! Moreover, you may not even be aware that you are changing a transaction that is out of sight—and if you choose to leave GnuCash at this juncture, you will get a mysterious dialog asking if you want to save your changes (huh? what changes? I guess I better!). And THEN, you have no idea the next time what happened in that OTHER register.

I am grateful that someone else has seen this behavior and commented on it. I’d like to see it changed.

David T.

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